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1. Posted by S.Goldberg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning to move to Costa Rica. I visited the country few months ago and I'm in love, the beaches are something spectacular, they have so many different kind of nature that you just don't know where to look at! It is simply beautiful.
The problem is that I do not speak a single word in Spanish, and if moving over there is gonna be a nightmare, although, they have a lot of English-speaking people, it's gonna be hard getting used to.
Does anyone have an idea?

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Before you move to Costa Rica you should do some Homework.

What would you do there?
Just admiring the beaches and natur?
this brings no food on the table.

from your profil I get no information about you,so it makes it hard to help you with any helpfull advise.

I imigrated 16 years ago to a "paradise",and since then I have seen a lot of people stranded because the have not really planed
there new life.
Spending some vacations at a beatyfull country is not the same then living there.
Go back to the place you liked best and look at it very realistic,
watch carefull how the local people live,it is for you maeby cheap as a tourist with $ or euro,but if you have to work there dont forgett you would get paid a local salary.
OK,I think I gave you enough to think about,if my advises sound harsh or rude,I'm sorry,but I'm a very realistic person.(thats wy survived in a paradise)

good luck for your planes

3. Posted by Anciana (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Marlis gives you excellent advice. You need to know what you will actually be DOING while LIVING there and what you will live on. If you have a pension of some kind or enough investment, the second part (what you will live on) might be solved. Still, think of what you will be doing? Sightseeing in perpetuum? That usually gets old pretty quickly.

Still, if you just want to try it, it is doable without speaking Spanish. Just go to Monteverde. It is a village founded by American Quakers in the early 50s and still largely an English speaking one. You can take Spanish classes there and people there will be able to help you with formalities, although you are under age for a pensionado status.

4. Posted by chase (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It definately helps to speak at least basic spanish. You can take spanish lessons in most parts of the country - and it helps to be immersed in the local culture not just to be surrounded by gringos.
Finding work can be a bit harder, and local wage isn't very high so dont be expevting to make money!!
The other replies are true - do your homework and be realiatic with your expectations. It is a beautiful country but be aware that it is still a developing one and local life is not all about the climate and scenery.

5. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 132 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

All above posts are correct, but there is still a very imnportant aspect missing: you will need a residency permit. When you enter Costa Rica, you receive (depending upon nationality) a 3 months' tourist visa.
For a foreigner, a resident's visa is not easy to come by. You will have to prove that you are not going to be dependent upon the country's social services and can support yourself. A residency permit does not necessarily allow you to work for retribution.
So if previous answers suggested to do your homework first, start with figuring out the pros and cons of this subject.
Good luck.

6. Posted by AmandaJohn (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

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7. Posted by luiale (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think that you have to take some lessons of spanish.. but only after you did the legal tramits for moving to Costa Rica. My parents want to move to costa rica too. then i tell you more details!! and i guess that i have to change help about that!!


8. Posted by luiale (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

by the way.. i can help u with the spanish!! I mean, you can learn the basic after u move to Costa Rica and then u'll learn with a intensive course of spanish there!

9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Residents must deposit at least $60,000 in a Costa Rican Bank or show proof of a pension or social security of at least $600 a month from their home country, the CR Govt. is talking about passing a law allowing non residents only 6 months stay a year in the country, due to immigration and overcrowding. Some foreigners working illegally or overstaying their 90 day tourist permit have been deported. To obtain other than low paid freelance English teaching or say, temporary bartending jobs one requires first residency, then a work permit or risk fines and deportation. Costa Rica is overloaded with immigrants from Central and south America, legal and illegal, violent crime in the capital, San José has skyrocketed, and petty crime has soared in tourist areas as of late, as well living costs are fairly high compared to neighboring Panama or Nicaragua. Go back again and make solid contacts, look for work if you have special skills, a degree and teaching TEFL credentials and experience teaching ESL/EFL help, as well check with your nearest Costan Rican Consulate on Residency and work permit requirements or view:

10. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To Marlis: "Spending some vacations at a beatyfull country is not the same then living there" is called "tropical fever" hereabouts, people take a two week vacation and fall in love with the place..the realities of day to day life as an ex pat resident are far different, unless you have a lot of money, business investor or retired on a nice nest egg. Spanish (intermediate or above) is also essential in Costa Rica if one wishes to become a functioning member of the weekly Tico Times (English) online for such updates and other CR and regional news.